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Vizient Applauds CMS Decision to Delay July Update to Overall Hospital Star Ratings

Vizient
applauds the recent decision by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services to delay its update to the Overall Hospital Star Ratings that
was planned for July. This decision by CMS is supported by data that
Vizient provided to the Agency related to methodology issues that
negatively affect hospital ratings.

Vizient’s feedback to CMS focused on specific technical details
identified in the July 2018 preview reports. The issues raised were
related to significant swings in measure loading coefficients from the
December 2017 release in addition to the negative loading coefficients
for certain safety group measures that would result in poorer ratings
for higher performing hospitals and better ratings for worse performers.
Additionally the main weight for the safety domain is focused on total
hip and knee complications and while we applaud minimizing PSI-90 we do
believe additional metrics should have more weight in this domain.

In addition to previous public
comments providing feedback on the Star Ratings methodology, Vizient
offered five recommendations for improving the star rating in an article
recently published by The
Hill. The recommendations included rating hospitals by type,
procedures/specialties, better data, transparency in methodology and
weighting of quality measures. The recommendations are intended to
improve the rating’s accuracy and clarity for consumers as well as to
create an important feedback loop for providers for performance
improvement.

As the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company,
Vizient serves a diverse membership that includes academic medical
centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health
care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance
improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven
solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to
improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership
base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community
hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care
providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing
volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA
Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in
2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM)
segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2018, Vizient
again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the
Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with
locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please
visit www.vizientinc.com
as well as our newsroom,
blog,
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pages for more information about the company.

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